In a policy change that was years in the making, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) last week announced it would no longer bar openly gay adults from becoming scout leaders.
Momentous as that is for scouting in the United States, it might surprise you that Scouts Canada has accepted gays and lesbians as troop leaders for almost two decades. The policy was embraced with no fanfare and apparently little controversy, perhaps a reflection of how Canada copes with social change compared with its American neighbour.
“It was the next step that they had to logically take after their decision last year to enable gay youth members to join the organization as well,” John Petitti, Scouts Canada executive director of marketing and communications, said of the BSA’s decision.
BSA president Robert Gates, the former U.S. defence secretary, took a bold approach in shepherding through the change, “in order to continue to sustain the organization’s relevance and growth within today’s society,” Petitti toldRead More »from Gays scout leaders OK’d in U.S., but old news in Canada